The Wingman program is designed as a social emotional learning (SEL) program to help students make connections with each other.

“Wingman is an outstanding youth leadership program that focuses on the relationships between individual students, building empathy and creating strong, inclusive school communities,” said NJSBA Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod. “NJSBA is extremely proud of its association with the program.”

The Bloomfield Public Schools introduced the program districtwide prior to the pandemic and has continued to use it during the past several months. In this interview, Ian Hockley, executive director of Dylan’s Wings of Change, along with Joseph Fleres, Bloomfield’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and Michael Bruno, the district’s supervisor of guidance, discuss meeting the social emotional needs of their students with NJSBA’s Ray Pinney. The video can be found here